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University of Sydney ranks among world's top 100

16 August 2019
Sydney retains top 100 position in prestigious academic ranking
The University of Sydney has been ranked 80th in world in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

The Academic Ranking of World Universities is released annually by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. It ranks more than 1800 universities worldwide, publishing the top 1000 universities and providing specific rankings for the top 100.

“Our position in the world’s top 100 is a clear demonstration of the high-quality research being undertaken at the University of Sydney,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said.

“We are proud of the achievements of our staff and alumni. They are leading the way in their fields, pursuing new ideas and addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

ARWU rankings use six indicators to rank universities’ academic and research performance. These include:

  • alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals
  • staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals
  • highly cited researchers
  • papers published in journals of Nature and Science
  • papers indexed in major citation indices
  • per capita academic performance.

Harvard University has ranked number one for the 17th year running, with Stanford University and University of Cambridge ranked second and third respectively.

In the 2019 ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, which were released in June, three University of Sydney subjects were rated in the top 20 globally and 12 in the top 50.

Transportation science and technology was ranked fifth in the world, clinical medicine 16th, veterinary science 18th and civil engineering 24th.

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